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Orthopedics. 2014 Dec;37(12):825-30. doi: 10.3928/01477447-20141124-05.

Use of carbon-fiber-reinforced composite implants in orthopedic surgery.

Abstract

Carbon-fiber-reinforced polyetheretherketone implants offer several benefits over traditional metal implants. Their radiolucent property permits improved, artifact-free radiographic imaging. Their lower modulus of elasticity better matches that of bone. Their fatigue strength is greater than most metal implants. This article reviews the use of these implants in orthopedic surgery, including treatment of conditions involving the spine, trauma, tumor, and infection.

PMID:
25437074
DOI:
10.3928/01477447-20141124-05
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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